Matamoros Tourism, Mexico

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Matamoros, officially known as Heroica Matamoros and formerly named San Juan de los Esteros Hermosos, is a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. It is located on the southern bank of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas, in the United States. Matamoros is the second largest city in the state of Tamaulipas, after Reynosa. As of 2010, Matamoros has a population of 489,193. If its floating population is included in the census count, however, the population of Matamoros can reach up to approximately 700,000. In addition, the Matamoros–Brownsville Metropolitan Area has a population of 1,136,995, making it the 4th largest metropolitan area on the Mexico–US border. Matamoros is the 39th largest city in Mexico and anchors the second largest metropolitan area in Tamaulipas. Matamoros is one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico, and has one of the fastest growing economies in the country. The economy of the city is based on its international trade with the United States through the NAFTA agreement, and it is home to one of the most promising industrial sectors in Mexico, mainly due to the presence of maquiladoras. In Matamoros, the automotive industry hosts the assembly and accessories plants for brands such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes Benz, and several others. Likewise, Matamoros' economy has historically been based on agriculture, since northern Mexico's biggest irrigation zones are in the municipality. PEMEX announced a multi-billion offshore drilling project for the port of Matamoros, one of the future prospects for Mexico's oil industry. Additionally, Matamoros is a major historical site, since it was site of several battles and events of the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican Revolution, the Texas Revolution, the Mexican American War, the American Civil War, and the French Intervention that allowed the city to earn its title of Undefeated, Loyal, and Heroic. In addition, the Mexican National Anthem was played for the first time in public at The Opera Theatre in the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. On another note, Matamoros has a semi-arid climate, with mild winters, and hot, humid summers. Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas are home to the Charro Days and Sombrero Festival annual celebrations—two-nation fiestas that commemorate the heritage of the U.S. and Mexico which are celebrated every February.

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Facts and Stats for Matamoros*

  • Pollution Statistics in Matamoros

    Know the pollution level of Matamoros before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
  • Matamoros: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Matamoros for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Matamoros.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 31.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 43.75 (Moderate)
  • Living in Matamoros - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 49.87 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 29.31 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 50 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Matamoros

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Matamoros

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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